By FRANCO PANIZO
Herculez Gomez and Jose Torres achieved their dreams of playing in a World Cup earlier this year, and now theyll get a chance to play in a different one.
Gomez, Torres and fellow American Marco Vidal all aim to get playing time on Friday as Pachuca begins its quest for the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. Pachuca faces African champ TP Mazembe in the quarterfinals, with the winner being pitted against Brazilian club Internacional just four days later.
Stuart Holden wont be playing in the Club World Cup, but he should make his return to Bolton Wanderers starting lineup after recovering from a thigh injury. Holden is expected to resume his central midfield position when Bolton faces Blackburn.
Jonathan Spector isnt assured to start for West Ham United, but given his recent performances as a defensive midfielder, he is likely to see the field at some point when the club squares off against Manchester City. West Ham is currently in last place in the Premier League, but a win would serve the Hammers greatly in their attempt to escape the relegation zone.
Here is a rundown of who the Americans Abroad play this weekend:
Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez, Marco Vidal and Pachuca play TP Mazembe in the FIFA Club World Cup.
Steve Cherundolo, DaMarcus Beasleyand Hannover 96 play VfB Stuttgart.
Luis Roblesand Karlsruhe play Arminia Bielefeld.
Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, Eric Lichajand Aston Villa play West Bromwich Albion.
Tim Howardand Everton play Wigan Athletic.
Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnsonand Fulham play Sunderland.
Jonathan Spectorand West Ham United play Manchester City.
Conor Doyleand Derby County play Bristol City.
Zak Whitbreadand Norwich City play Portsmouth. (Whitbread is out injured.)
Frank Simek, Mike Grellaand Carlisle United play Dagenham Redbridge.
Jemal Johnsonand Milton Keynes Dons play Notts County.
Anton Peterlinand Plymouth Argyle play Exeter City.
Maurice Edu and Rangers play Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Dominic Cervi and Celtics match against Kilmarnock has been postponed due to weather.
Jozy Altidoreand Villarreal play Getafe.
Ricardo Clarkand Eintracht Frankfurt play FC Cologne.
David Yeldelland MSV Duisburg play SC Paderborn 07.
Charlie Daviesand Sochaux play AS Nancy Lorraine.
Stuart Holdenand Bolton Wanderers play Blackburn Rovers.
Marcus Hahnemannand Wolverhampton Wanderers play Birmingham.
Oguchi Onyewuand AC Milan play Bologna.
Daniel Williamsand SC Freiburg playMichaelBradleyand Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Jermaine Jonesand Schalke 04 play Mainz.
Amaechi Igweand FC Ingolstadt 04 play Kenny Cooperand TSV 1860 Munich. (Igwe and Cooper are out injured.)
Carlos Bocanegraand St Etienne play AS Monaco.
Sacha Kljestanand RSC Anderlecht play KSC Lokeren.
Do you see Pachuca and the trio of Americans defeating Mazembe in the Club World Cup? Expecting Spector to get another start at defensive mid for West Ham? How do you see Holden and Bolton faring against Blackburn?
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